A 'Google Movie' About its Founders is Now in the Works, Too
One might say the world changed forever in 1999 when Standford graduates Larry Page and Sergey Brin first launched a search engine on the internet called Google. While the Facebook success story is a big one, Google's is even bigger, as its become a part of our lives in more ways than one. With all the buzz that David Fincher's The Social Network is building, it was inevitable that we'd hear about other web start-up stories getting the big screen treatment, and Deadline reports that Google is next. Groundswell Prods and producer John Morris have acquired film rights to Ken Auletta's book Googled: The End of the World As We Know It.
Unlike Social Network, though, Page & Brin's story isn't full of legal battles and college parties. Google was formed by the duo while they were Stanford PhD students with the idea to make a better search engine. It was founded it on principles like: "You can make money without doing evil" and "you can be serious without a suit." The film will be focused on "how they tried to hang onto their idealism as Google became a global phenomenon," which sounds a lot more interesting than a Harvard drop-out battling over who came up with an idea. But the challenge is to find a "handle on a success story that makes for compelling screen drama."
Producer Michael London explained to Deadline: "It's about these two young guys who created a company that changed the world, and how the world in turn changed them. The heart of the movie is their wonderful edict, don't be evil. At a certain point in the evolution of a company so big and powerful, there are a million challenges to that mandate. Can you stay true to principles like that as you become as rich and powerful as that company has become? The intention is to be sympathetic to Sergey and Larry, and hopefully the film will be as interesting as the company they created."
I know there always seem to be an instant backlash to these tech start-up stories, but personally these are the exact kind of stories I like to see. I know there's not a lot of epic drama in them, especially compared to some incredible stories from history, but as a member of this modern internet generation, I'm fascinated by how these guys were able to come up with a great idea and turn it into the multi-billionaire dollar enterprise that it is today. Who knows how long it will take to come together, as they're just now finding a writer, and we could see other web start-up stories (or similar Google films) pop up in the meantime. So until we hear more, I'll be picking up a copy of the book. What do you think? Will this story make for a good movie?
Reader Feedback - 11 Comments
Great! A new trend! Actually, I wouldn't mind hearing about google only because the story is a little older and will probably have more breathing space on film. Still....
Eli on Aug 19, 2010
YouTube will be next, and why not.
Dandooo on Aug 19, 2010
With the net neutrality back-peddle, will the twist in the plot be that "Don't be evil" was actually just a marketing gimmick rather than an actual principle they followed?
Chris on Aug 19, 2010
I'd like to see what they can do with a film about google. I use it every day!
Xerxex on Aug 19, 2010
oh great...... (facepalm)
Tomi on Aug 19, 2010
At least it will be original, not a remake or other garbage. I'm more interested in this than FACEBOOK.
dex on Aug 20, 2010
LOL I knew they will make movie about it, yeah and now youtube movie, myspace movie, twitter movie, yahoo movie..........im not going to spend even a dollar on those movies
gfdgd on Aug 20, 2010
Tuh who cares? A google movie? This sounds so lame, same reason I won't see that stupid-ass facebook movie. Who cares how it started? What's next, myspace, yahoo, and a FirstShowing movie? No thanks.
Nick and the big bad B on Aug 20, 2010
Up to google for a film about the shots of taken much earlier, but I think it is superior to google.com room must be pulled if a site is waiting impatiently to watch
googl on Nov 8, 2010
Never too late to google, even so thick I can say that even shots of a movie because the movie was taken immediately superior to even the google facebook as soon as shots of the monitor waiting impatiently
google on Nov 8, 2010
I admire these two men is an excellent site on google really thank you for such a site founded by people with disabilities in large companies, but böle initiatives to facilitate better use of the internet can I shoot now on hand
göögle on Nov 13, 2010
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